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The Lehigh River bends through the mountains in Jim Thorpe creating a magnificent terrain for hiking, biking, rafting and just enjoying the scenery.

First celebrated on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was a national call to protect the environment. Some 42 years later, it’s celebrated all over the world.

There’s no doubt that Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania – the gateway to the Pocono Mountains – is a magical place on this magnificent planet. Recently listed as one of CBS 3’s top one-tank trips, there’s no better place to enjoy Earth Day weekend than here!

Organizers have planned a great lineup of events, including games, recycled craft and drumming workshops, a Lehigh River clean-up and a reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at the Dimmick Library.

From 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday, free Tai Chi demonstrations will take place in the Race Street Park across the street from us at the Times House Bed and Breakfast. According to the events calendar, Saturday’s class you will teach the six basic forms of Tai Chi.  Sunday’s class will demonstrate the  Push Hands technique.  Teens between the ages of 13 and 15 must have an adult present to participate.  Rain will move the class indoors, upstairs at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

The Opera House will also play host to two concerts this weekend. On Friday, April 20, The Funk Ark; Mighty Mystic and Strings of Thunder will perform. On Saturday, April 21, Philly-based Splintered Sunlight will perform their popular Grateful Dead tribute.

For the complete Jim Thorpe Earth Day celebration event listing, visit http://jimthorpeearthday.com/

Sound Check Records, 23 Broadway, will also celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, one of two days a year where independently owned record store patrons have access to special releases – CD and vinyl – and various promotional products.  For more information, visit  http://www.recordstoreday.com

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